Sailors deployed in the middle of Iraq have many reasons to feel out of place, far from their usual domains of water and air. But they also stand out as the only U.S. military personnel still wearing the tri-color desert camouflage uniform (DCU) dating from just after operation Desert Storm. Even more discomforting, a fair number of Iraqi soldiers are now also wearing DCUs, having received them as military surplus from our government. Yet the U.S. Navy continues to deploy SeaBees, individual-augmentee Sailors, and Fifth Fleet staff to the Central Command area of responsibility wearing the same uniform as the Iraqi 7th Army Division and Royal Marines of Tonga, among others. It is time for the Navy to move on.
Nobody Asked Me But...We Need to Square Away Navy Camouflage
By Captain Todd "Ike" Kiefer, U.S. Navy